Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nedumkayam Forest

     It was in the monsoon of last year, my previous visit to Nedumkayam forest in which I was lucky enough to meet a tusker in between the tall teak woods. This time also the same hope led me with my friend Abbas towards Nedumkayam when I got a holiday on account of Mahanavami.

calm and quiet forest

     Nedumkayam is located near Karulayi village, 14km away from Nilambur town, Malappuram district, Kerala, India. Visitors and tourists are allowed to enter into the forest here and the entry is controlled by tickets sold through the forest department at the entrance of the forest. Adults and vehicles are charged seperately and the amount is as meagre as Rs 20 for each adults. We took two tickets and they charged Rs 10 for our byke also.  The counter was busy with selling of fresh forest produced honey also.

Nedumkayam bridge

Nedumkayam river

     We slowly started our ride through the jungle.   We moved ahead enjoying every single moment.  After passing a couple of kilometers, we reached near Nedumkayam river.  There was a bridge also to cross the river. The side walls of the steel made bridge was partially dilapidated. But totally the bridge looked safe.  Our byke was not allowed from there ahead. We parked it in the space allowed there. On the bridge there was a warning board that says about the danger of swimming in the river. Many people were drowned here before and the dead ones  included a british engineer Mr ES Dawson(1897-1938), who built this bridge. His body was cremated here inside the forest and the tomb is still neatly being looked after by the forest department.

River view to the upper side

Tomb of the british engineer ES Dawson

The description near the tomb

     Another attraction here is 'Aanappanthi', which is the Malayalam traditional name for elephant taming centre. Decades ago, it was a busy place of elephant training. A board here says that approximately 41 elephants were trained here at a time before.

'Aanappanthi' the elephant taming centre

     A tribal settlement also was there which comprises approximately 25 huts and a small school also. Let me post a few pictures also  that will speak more than what I narrated here.

Teak woods waiting for auction. Forest income for government.



  1. It's a Beautiful place. Looks quiet and serene.

  2. I am an older semi-retired elephant trainer from Sweden, and I just read news articles abut reestablishing Nedunkayam elephant camp. As a young Swedish elephant trainer I went to India sveral times on study trips, every time spending some 3 months, from North to South, meeting elephants, mahouts and elephant experts in Trichur and Mannuthy., I visited Nedunkayam in Nilambur back in 1988, together with renown elephant expert Dr Easa from Peechi University. I remember a one year old elephant, and have some pictures from her, the mother and the mahout, as well as from Dawsons grave. Today, I have the largest elephant database in the world, at I hope the camp will be reastiblished again, and I hope to return my visit, it was a lovely place, although I got some bugs from spending the night in Dawsons house at the bridge.. I wonder where the elephant Kusha came, and if anyone knows about the destiny for the other elephants? after she grew up?

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